Breath Tax

Could the Democrats' timing be any worse?
Governor Deval Patrick is considering raising the state's gasoline tax by as much as 29 cents per gallon, which would at once give Massachusetts the highest state gas tax in the country while generating enough revenue to potentially rid the Massachusetts Turnpike of tolls.
Taking the White House, and expanding their hold on state governments, in the worst economy in 80 years?
The gas tax in Massachusetts is 23.5 cents per gallon, which has not been substantially increased since 1991. A 29-cent increase would bring the state's tax to 52.5 cents per gallon. New York currently has the nation's highest state gas tax, at 41.3 cents per gallon.
Forced not just to raise taxes, but also to cut budgets, something that strikes at the very heart of their business model?
Patrick is also considering a new system that would charge drivers based on the miles they travel. Those trips would be measured by a chip installed in a vehicle inspection sticker.
Democrats may finally reach their goal of instituting the "if you're breathing, you're paying," tax model.